Books about Professor Asa Briggs donated to Keighley Local Studies Library

Article dated Friday Dec 1, 2017 at 03:33 PM

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A presentation of books about the late Professor Briggs has been made to Keighley Local Studies Library by the Historical Association.

The books were presented by Professor Tony Badger, President of the Historical Association, to Maggie Pedley, Head of Libraries, Museums and Galleries, on Wednesday 29 November.

Also present at the event were Dr Trevor James, editor of The Historian journal, and historian Philip Johnston.

Asa Briggs was one of Keighley's foremost citizens. He became a well known and remarkable historian who inspired others through his research, teaching and writing.

Asa was born in Emily Street in Keighley in 1921. His father was an engineer in a local mill. He was educated at Keighley Boys Grammar School before going on to study at Cambridge.

During the Second World War he served in the Intelligence Corps and worked in the section deciphering Enigma messages from the German Army and Luftwaffe. After the war, he followed an academic career at Worcester College Oxford, Leeds and Sussex Universities.

Throughout his life he remained a staunch Yorkshireman. He was created life Peer as Baron Briggs in 1976. In 1987 he was President of the Bronte Society. He died in March 2016 aged 94.

At Keighley Library, the young Asa developed his skills to become such an influential social historian.

In his book Special Relationships he traces his love of history back to his days in Keighley. He said of Keighley Library "It was there that I first studied the politics that I was to introduce into my own version of social history."

It is fitting that these books will be added to the archives and made available for the benefit of future researchers and historians.

There is a display of books and local information about Asa Briggs in the Local Studies library on the first floor that will remain up over the next 3 weeks.

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